The Royal Family at the formal gathering of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
The King presents IVA's gold medal to engineer and economist Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT
On Friday 25 October, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and Prince Carl Philip attended the formal gathering of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) in Stockholm.
The formal gathering began at Stockholm Concert Hall and was opened IVA's President, Chairman Leif Johansson. The King presented IVA's grand gold medal to engineer Sune Carlsson, who received the award in recognition of his significant contributions at the heart of Sweden's engineering industry. IVA's gold medal was awarded to Skype founder Niklas Zennström, stem cell researcher Professor Jonas Frisén and Professor Bodil Jönsson. The ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall concluded with a speech about advances in research and technology by IVA's CEO, Professor Björn O. Nilsson. In the evening, a banquet was held at Stockholm City Hall. During the meal, tributes were paid to The King's 40 years on the throne and his efforts for Swedish industry. The speakers represented IVA, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Business Sweden. In his speech, IVA's President Chairman Leif Johansson said: "As a representative of IVA, I have had the opportunity in many contexts to take delight and pride in the commitment shown by The King to issues that are also core areas for IVA: research, education, the environment and the development of industry. On IVA's one-week Royal Technology Missions abroad together with The King, I myself have had the pleasure of seeing on a number of occasions how these missions have opened many doors and created new networks in ways that have been made possible thanks to The King's participation both in the actual journeys and in their planning. In two weeks' time, we will be carrying out our 21st Royal Technology Mission together with His Majesty, this time to Brazil." The tribute concluded with The King being awarded IVA's honorary medal for 40 years of service to research and industry by Chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise Jens Spendrup, Chairman of Business Sweden Bo Dankis and Chairman of IVA Leif Johansson.
To describe The King's efforts in the interests of research and industry, the three organisations had compiled a short film, which was shown during the banquet.